This is a guest post by Denise Gorss.
How many things are you grateful for? Could you list 1,000 gifts?
In response to The Gratitude List over at dotMagis, one reader sent us a link to the idea of a Gratitude Community. The challenge in the community is to write a gifts list, a collection of 1,000 things for which one is grateful. Ann Voskamp, author of the book One Thousand Gifts, provides some ideas for starting such a list, with the first two steps suggested being, “Pray that He may open the eyes of our hearts” and “Begin giving thanks.” Sounds like the start of the daily Examen to me.
I’ve never set out to write a list of gifts, at least not in the name-1,000-things intentional way suggested by Voskamp. But the Examen, when done regularly, would yield such a list over time. The list might come in short fashion, or it might take over a year (averaging only two or three gratitude items a day). But the list would come. And think what effect that might have on your outlook.
If you’re looking for some ideas of such a list of gifts, Voskamp’s blog hosts link collections each Monday. She also has a small, printable booklet to help you remember to record seven gifts each day. But if you want to record your own gratitude list within a prayerful online Ignatian community, consider joining us at Other6, where we answer the question, “Where did you find God today?” Those moments are the gifts.